February 11, 2015: Cargo Human Care e.V. set a new medical care record last year: local nurses and German doctors treated patients around 22,500 times for the humanitarian and medical aid project in 2014. Around 6,500 patients received treatment from German medical volunteers in six disciplines at the Cargo Human Care Medical Center in Nairobi, Kenya.
Lufthansa Cargo supported their work both financially and logistically. Staff members of the cargo airline had founded Cargo Human Care e.V. in 2007.
"With our free medical aid we ensure that the poorest of the population have access to medical care in the region around Nairobi", explains Captain Fokko Doyen, Lufthansa Cargo fleet MD-11F commander and chairman of Cargo Human Care e.V. "Last year, Cargo Human Care was able to extend the range of its treatments once again - also thanks to generous donations."
2014 saw the introduction of cancer screening for women, and plastic surgery is now also available together with German specialists and the local hospital. Moreover, a cooperation was established with an eye clinic for the treatment of cataracts.
In addition to medical treatment, the second major project of Cargo Human Care e.V. is the Mothers' Mercy Home in Nairobi, which offers more than 115 orphans a home and a future.
A new youth centre is to be built with the help of a donation campaign by the German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", scheduled to continue until March 2015. "'The John Kaheni Residence' will be a residential education centre", Captain Doyen describes the purpose of the new building. "It will bridge the gap between the school-leaving qualifications the girls and boys obtain under the patronage of Cargo Human Care at the Mothers' Mercy Home and their difficult entry into working life. Thanks to the Germany-wide donation campaign, the project will be built on a solid financial foundation."
Cargo Human Care e.V. (CHC) is a humanitarian and medical aid project which was founded by employees of Lufthansa Cargo in cooperation with doctors from all over Germany. Its core commitment is to provide vulnerable, sick and needy people with direct medical help and to give poor and neglected young orphans a home and a future.
In cooperation with local medical institutions as well as regional charity organisations, Cargo Human Care brings concrete help directly to those who need it. CHC currently focuses on the following projects in the rural area around Nairobi/Kenya as well as in Marsabit in the North of Kenya.